Orchids have a reputation as the divas of the plant world: fussy, difficult-to-grow plants that - on top of all that - are prohibitively expensive. But there are plenty of orchids that anyone can grow. Orchids are no more difficult than familiar house plants such as African violets and can be made to thrive and bloom in average indoor conditions - you just need to know what makes them happy.
"Bloom-Again Orchids" highlights the easiest, most fuss-free varieties and includes invaluable tips on where to buy orchids and how to keep them in bloom. Each of the fifty profiles focuses on a commonly available orchid variety and includes a description, photograph, chart of basic growing requirements, and a handy twelve-point checklist. So if you've always been intrigued by orchids but were nervous about caring for them, put your worries aside. "Bloom-Again Orchids" will turn you from a would-be orchid fan into the proud owner of healthy blooming plants.
judywhite is author and photographer of the award-winning Taylor's Guide to Orchids (Houghton Mifflin 1996). A past trustee of the American Orchid Society (AOS), she has earned its highest prize for writing about orchid culture, as well as the AOS Silver Medal for outstanding service to the orchid community. Her photography has graced many books and publications, and has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution. A former research biologist and past editor-in-chief of one of the world's first mega-gardening Web sites, Time Life's Virtual Garden, judywhite is married to British garden writer Graham Rice. She is proud to say she has killed orchids on both sides of the Atlantic. Visit her Web site at www.gardenphotos.com.
With this book at your side and a little effort, you too can grow orchids that will be the envy of the neighborhood. -- Kylee Baumle Our Little Acre blog 20091029 If you're interested in growing orchids, this is an extremely accessible reference book that will most certainly whet your appetite for growing more. -- Marie Iannotti About.com 20091104 Will help you figure out how to make your surroundings lush, fragrant, and slightly more reminiscent of the balmy days of summer. -- Elizabeth Licata Buffalo Spree 20091201 After reading [judywhite's] tricks for growing orchids ... you may never let your fear of orchids keep you from plunking down the change for them ever again. -- Meems G. Hoe and Shovel blog 20091206 Judywhite brings all her formidable talent to bear on Bloom-Again Orchids. The photos ... draw you in and the writing keeps you there. -- Kym Pokorny Oregonian 20091206 Anyone who has ever succumbed to the charms of an orchid at the grocery store and then despaired when it quit blooming will gain a lot of confidence from this helpful guide. -- Nancy Schoeffler Hartford Courant 20091211 Here's hope for all who love orchids but fear that they are too difficult to keep alive. -- Susan Smith-Durisek Lexington Herald-Leader 20091219 If you're thinking of buying an orchid, consult this book first. The orchid will thank you. -- Dee Nash Oklahoma Gardening Examiner 20091230 Think orchids are fussy? Author and orchid expert judywhite is out to prove otherwise. -- Mary Beth Breckenridge Akron Beacon Journal 20100102